With Memorial Day this upcoming Monday, local Boy Scouts set out to honor our country’s fallen heroes.
Members of Troop 158 took part in their yearly tradition of placing American flags by the graves of veterans Saturday morning at Greenwood Cemetery. They joined members of the Muskingum County Veterans Council and even a few Girl Scouts this year as well to help make sure every fallen veteran in the cemetery was recognized for his/her service. The tradition has been an important part of 15-year-old Drew Johnson’s Memorial Day weekend for the past five years.
"It’s important for us to be here just to remember the people that sacrificed their lives and worked for our freedom," Johnson said.
Thirteen-year-old David Johnson said it’s important for the Boy Scouts to recognize veterans because many of the men and women serving in the military today started out in the Scouts program.
"We have three scouts currently serving right now, so to come out and place flags down on veterans that are doing the same thing we have people doing now means a lot."
In addition to Greenwood, Boy Scout troops also helped honor fallen soldiers at Memorial Park and Woodlawn Cemeteries.